NOW advocates for wide range of economic justice issues affecting women, from the glass ceiling to the sticky floor of poverty. These include welfare reform, livable wages, job discrimination, pay equity, housing, social security and pension reform, and much more.
ACTION ALERT: Urge Your Representative to Co-Sponsor the Social Security Caregiver Credit Act, A NOW Priority
TAKE ACTION: We are celebrating Social Security’s 80th birthday anniversary this month and want to note that this earned-benefit program has kept millions of older women and families with a deceased or disabled working parent out of dire poverty since its adoption in the mid-1930’s.Very nearly since the beginning of NOW’s 50-year history, we have advocated for the strengthening of the program, especially to benefit women and their families.
President Obama called on the Department of Labor to require federal contractors to collect pay information broken down by race, gender, and ethnicity. Submit a comment today about why equal pay is important and in support of the new rule!
Your vote is your voice – and every voice matters. Pledge to vote on November 4!
Representative Nita Lowey has introduced a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives, the Social Security Caregiver Credit Act (H.R. 5024), dedicated to providing benefits to those who take time out of the workforce to care for loved ones. Urge your representative to become a cosponsor of this important bill!
By Nairi Azaryan, Communications Intern A pipeline is a human made structure, moving substance swiftly and uninterrupted from point A to B. The school to prison pipeline does just that, sending young children of color, disproportionately girls, from sc… Read more »
By Leora Lihach, President’s Office Intern As the millennial generation begins to take center stage in the world, the feminist movement is at risk of severely slowing down. Too many young adults believe that feminism is off-limits to men and a dangerou… Read more »
The term “lean in” has been used fairly regularly in feminist discourse. It originated in a book published by Sheryl Sandberg that discusses factors that hold women back in the workforce and how women, she says, often hold themselves back. And I largel… Read more »
Research has proven that women are paid less than their male counterparts performing identical jobs under identical conditions. Women continue to be undervalued and underpaid employees in nearly every occupation. In addition to raising awareness for th… Read more »
On the Seventh Anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, NOW Calls for Congress to Take the Next Step
Seven years ago, President Obama signed into law his first piece of legislation. The Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act that undid the damage of a 2007 Supreme Court decision that made it nearly impossible for women to enforce the Equal Pay Act against employers who paid them less than their male counterparts.Read more
In a signing ceremony at Rosie the Riveter State Park near San Francisco, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law today the strongest pay equity protection in the U.S. With the stroke of a pen, Gov. Brown smashed one of the biggest barriers to equal pay for work of equal value.Read more
Women working full-time, year-round jobs earned 78.6% of what similar men did in 2014, according to a Census report released Wednesday. That’s the smallest gap on record back to 1960.Read more
There are many paths toward gender equality for all women and girls. But before we in the U.S. presume that’s only a problem in the developing world, let’s take a closer look at our own backyard.Read more
This packet includes ten fact sheets about federal legislation that is important to NOW because they would have a significant impact on women’s lives.
Woman on the $10 Bill – Mark your calendars, folks. In 2020, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the United States, a woman (gasp!) will be featured on the ten dollar bill.
The U.S. Supreme Court will consider a number of high profile cases this term – cases that cover a broad swath of American life, from access to reproductive health care, to affirmative action, public sector unions, voting rights, and (again) contraceptive insurance coverage exceptions under of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Analysis from the most recent data released by the U.S. Census Bureau indicates that the gender wage gap was at 78.6 percent for full-time, year round workers in 2014. The gap has narrowed only a few percentage points over the last 15 years and, as has been pointed out, if the annual earnings ratio (the wage gap) continues at the same snail-paced rate it has maintained since 1960, women’s pay will not reach parity with men’s until 2059